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Pittsfield Woman Dies After Structure Fire

A city woman died Monday night at Berkshire Medical Center after a fire in her home, according to a statement from the district attorney's office.

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North Adams Committee Orders Dangerous Dogs Put Down

The Public Safety Committee on Monday voted to euthanize two dogs deemed to be dangers to the community. A third dog has been given a chance for rehoming, if possible.

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Pittsfield Schools Outline Some Opening Guidelines

Superintendent Jason McCandless gave the School Committee an update Wednesday and compared known state reopening guidelines to what the Pittsfield Public Schools has tentatively planned or is expecting.

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Licensing Board Withdraws Rusty Anchor's Serving Permit

The Licensing Board made an about-face and voted 3-2 to rescind the Rusty Anchor's temporary extension of the premise.

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Mount Greylock Superintendent Grady Steps Down

In an email sent to the Lanesborough-Williamstown district's community on Saturday afternoon, Grady confirmed what had been implied by an agenda item posted for a special School Committee meeting on Monday morning: She is leaving the district after 10 years as an administrator.

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Mount Greylock Names Putnam Interim Superintendent

Chair Christina Conry announced after the committee met in executive session for 38 minutes that Superintendent Kimberley Grady is on an indefinite medical leave.

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Mount Greylock School Committee Appears Poised to Part Ways with Another Superintendent

The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee appears to be preparing to hire a new superintendent without having announced the status of its current superintendent.

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Williamstown Planning Board Stands by Pot Bylaw Proposal

The Planning Board on Thursday decided not to try to alter the language of a bylaw proposal it approved back in March for the planned May town meeting.

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Williamstown to Try Outdoor Dining on Spring Street Again Saturday

Despite the vagaries of Mother Nature and the voices of those who raised concerns about the plan, the town plans to temporarily close Spring Street to vehicles the next two Saturday evenings to allow outdoor dining.

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North Adams Movieplex to Serve Wine, Beer

The commission heard from theater manager Scott Ingalls and attorney F. Sydney Smithers on Tuesday to discuss the beer and wine application.

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7-Year-Old Raises More Than $2,000 for Adams Police K-9

The recently turned 7-year-old opted to forgo birthday gifts this year and instead raise some money for animals. Enter the Adams Police Department and its 9-year-old K-9, Kumar.

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On the Books, Unenforceable: Restrictive Covenant an Echo of Williamstown's Racist Legacy

But it happened right here in the Village Beautiful, and although it never could be enforced for a variety of reasons, it still is on the books.

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Q&A Williamstown Elementary Principal Ready for Next Phase of Her Career

If there was any consolation at all, it is that unlike years past, Brookner knows she will have an active and important role to play in the academic lives of those rising seventh-graders.

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New Adams Police Chief, Officers Union Contract Announced Wednesday Night

Bacon will assume the post on Tuesday, July 14, after current Chief Richard Tarsa's retirement becomes official at 11:59 p.m. Monday night. Bacon, 44, recently retired from the Frankfort, Ind., police department after 20 years.

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Father Tom Tent Site Becoming a Reality in Cheshire

Named after the former pastor of St. Mary's Church, the Rev. Thomas Begley, the site will serve through-hikers of the Appalachian Trail and give them a place to regroup for a night or two while charging electronics, replenishing their water supply, and getting rid of refuse

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Targeted COVID-19 Testing Set for 8 At-Risk Communities

People in Western Massachusetts, and the Berkshires in particular, frequently complain the region is being ignored by a state government headquartered at the other end of the commonwealth.

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Senate Candidate Kennedy Makes Stops in the Berkshires

Joe Kennedy III, a Boston Democrat and grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, is taking on incumbent Ed Markey in the Sept. 1 primary.

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BRPC, Mill Town Unveil Outdoor Recreation Plan

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission unveiled a countywide outdoor recreation plan last week in conjunction with Mill Town Capital.

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Mount Greylock Interim Superintendent: Health Plays 'Highest Role' in Reopening Plan

Interim Superintendent Robert Putnam walked the School Committee through the administration's planning process for the start of school in September during the body's Zoom-based meeting.

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Baker Pushes Back on Federal Pressure to Open Schools

Gov. Charlie Baker Wednesday said he does not think it “makes sense” for a one-size-fits-all approach to reopening the nation’s public schools but stopped short of directly criticizing a presidential tweet pressuring states to open the schoolhouse doors in the middle of a global pandemic.

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Pittsfield to Test Sewage For COVID-19

Mayor Linda Tyer announced in her weekly update Friday that the city will utilize a new method to monitor for the novel coronavirus: sewage testing.

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Downtown Pittsfield's Ambassadors Ready to Assist

Their job is twofold focusing on concierge service and safety. The ambassadors are walking concierges. They are a welcoming, information sharing resource helping visitors and residents find parking, offering directions and wayfinding, and providing information on dining and shopping.

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Adams Receives Eight Bids For Town Common Project

WM.J. Keller & Sons Construction of Castleton, N.Y., came in with the lowest base bid of $233,535.30 and J.H. Maxymillian had the highest bid of $513,474.

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Williamstown Planning Board to Look at Impact of Land Regulations on Equity

The Planning Board wants to make a concerted effort to assess potential bylaw changes with an eye toward increasing equity.

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Drive Walk Bike by Art Show Friday In Pittsfield

Organizer and artist Jesse Tobin McCauley believes the pandemic should not stand in the way of art or people's ability to experience art.

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North Adams Committee Tweaking Solicitor Ordinance

Chairwoman Lisa Blackmer said the wording in the ordinance had raised questions as to whether any single councilor has "unfettered access to the city solicitor."

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Tropical Storm Bringing Heavy Rain to Berkshires

Dubbed "Fay," the storm began as a tropical depression off the coast of North Carolina midweek and formed late Thursday.

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Neal Announces CARES Act Grants for Cultural Organizations

The funds are part of $75 million in grants distributed by the National Endowment for the Humanities from the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act.

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Thrilling Finish as Dalton Little Leaguers Get Back to Fun

The Dalton Police Association Little League baseball team Tuesday pulled out a come-from-behind win.

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Pittsfield CPA Committee Review Projects

Late last month, the committee heard from five applicants looking to utilize Community Preservation Act funds for various projects.

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Mount Greylock Hopes to Hire Superintendent in Less Than a Month

The committee decided to post a job opening for a two- to three-year appointment with a deadline of July 24 or 27 for applications and a hope of having a new superintendent in place in early August.

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Berkshire Museum Will Reopen Saturday, Aug. 1

The museum, which will open in phases, plans to open exclusively to its members for two weeks during its first phase beginning Saturday, Aug. 1, before inviting the whole community in phase 2 starting Monday, Aug. 17.

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Early EEE Detection in State Points to Need for Vigilance this Summer

On Tuesday, he switched gears to remind residents of a more familiar deadly threat: eastern equine encephalitis.

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Clarksburg Sets Special Town Meeting for PILOT Authorization

The Select Board will need authorization to enter into any PILOT and a special town meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center for that vote.

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Southwestern Vermont Health Care Launches Virtual Urgent Care

In medical terminology, "qd" is shorthand for "every day." Through CAREqd the community can receive urgent care at any time of day, every day. CAREqd can be accessed through a live, secure video connection on its website, careqd.com, or a mobile app for smartphones.

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North Adams' Poirot Has Big Holiday Weekend in New Hampshire

North Adams’ Kevin Poirot celebrated July Fourth by winning his division in the Winchester Speedpark’s Championship Series on Saturday.

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Berkshire Theatre Group to Present 'Godspell' Outdoors

Artistic director and CEO Kate Maguire said "Godspell" got the green light after BTG established a strict protocol to protect the health and safety of the audience, the performers and others involved in the show.

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Five Williams Graduates Awarded Hubbard Hutchinson Fellowships

The recipients are Caroline Fairweather (theater), Panalee Maskati (dance), Theodore McNally (writing), Alexandra Medeiros (music) and Sydney Rainer (art).

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 10-16

Welcome to Cultural Pittsfield's weekly guide featuring in-person and virtual classes and events, information, and more. If you are a Pittsfield business and would like your event listed, please email us at cultural@pittsfieldch.com. Thank you and be well!

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Pittsfield Police Seek Information on Sunday Night Shootings

Both incidents caused ShotSpotter activations.

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The Retired Investor: Next Bailout Should Address Job Creation

The challenge we face this time around is twofold, in my opinion. We need to continue to help those who have been out of a job, as well as the thousands of workers who are now being laid off as the virus cases delay business re-openings in over half the country.

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Managing Withdrawals Carefully Can Protect Retirement Income

First of all, you need to establish a proper withdrawal rate – the percentage of your portfolio's value needed for one year's worth of retirement expenses.

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Northern Berkshire Coalition Recognizes Good Works

Instead of congregating for breakfast and speeches and recognitions, Executive Director Amber Besaw turned to another model of neighborly engagement for the group's 33rd annual meeting.

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@theMarket: COVID Case Concerns Cramp Market Gains

The disparity between rising nationwide virus cases and a rising stock market finally took its toll on investors this week. While damage was sustained to the averages, it was far from a bloodbath. A few more days of the same back and fill would not be a surprise.

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Williams College Redoing Varsity Tennis Courts

The varsity tennis courts at Williams College are undergoing a large-scale renovation project.

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Lanesborough Bulldogs 16U Team Opens Year 3-1

Owen Gagne went 5-for-9 with three doubles and threw a complete game win on the mound over the weekend to help the Lanesborough Bulldogs 16-and-under travel team go 3-1 in its opening weekend.

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